PC controlled receiver 2002-12-03 13:09:14 All surround receivers I saw could be controlled only via ir remote, not also from computer and/or some external circuit. Did I miss something or is all this audio hardware still so dumb? I want to have control at least over on/off switch, volume level and source (cd, tape, aux, ...). Automatic power on/off would be nice, too (when I switch on/off the pc).What I'm looking for is a 5.1 (or 6.1) receiver that has both analog and digital input (from 5.1 soundcard) and is not very expensive, say about 300 - 550 €. If it had some computer connectivity, I'd probably buy Marantz SR 4300, it costs 540 €.BTW, how good/bad is a 5.1 receiver compared to ordinary stereo amp (for a similar price) with 2 speakers for playing stereo music? I'll probably buy Bose acoustimass 6 speakers. I know most audiophiles would prefer classic stereo system for music, but I am not gonna buy both and if I have to choose between 2 channel and 5.1, I'll go for 5.1 because of the movies.